There's a surreal sort of floating dream-like quality to this film. Its production design, while probably historically fairly accurate, feels sort of removed from reality, add to that the beautiful slowly drifting camera and it makes for a really interesting looking movie. It almost feels Lynchian (without any of the dread, mystery and haunting imagery that accompany that adjective). After a while I found I wasn't particularly invested in any of the plot or characters, but liked watching the camera drift around down hallways and things.
Plot-wise it's sort of standard coming-of-age fare, but Gena Rowlands gives a strong performance. Overall, I don't think it's a very good movie, but one that makes me more interested than ever in seeing more of Davies' films.